Our shop instructor showed us an example of kickback, and then told us to ALWAYS stay out of line with the wood being cut, just in case. This was in about 1955-6. I've never had kickback that I can recall, but I've also always been out of line of the wood being cut just in case it did kickback.
The really amazing part is, people still stand where they will get hit if it happens.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
Gather the villagers, pitchforks, and torches; we march at dusk!
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance.