The right way to use a skilsaw is the keep the nosedown tight and apply pressue as you saw on the nose of the saw. This also applies to plunge cutting. The second you let the heel of the saw get more pressure than the nose,it will kick back,and you can't stop it.I'd be willing to bet that most circ. saw injuries, especially to the groin, inner thigh, and leg, are from saws binding and kicking back. In theory at least the soleplate should hit your hand before the blade can make contact, if your hand (or foot?) is in in front.