How does standing on one side of the blade or the other relate to avoiding kickback (or more appropriately, avoiding being HIT by kickback)???
If you are ripping, are you just not supposed to be on the side of the blade that the fence is on?
If you are crosscutting, then I am assuming you would be standing on the side that the miter gauge is on.
(Is it obvious that I don't actually own a table saw yet?)
Studies have shown that having a ladder in the home is more dangerous than having a firearm. That's why I own 10 guns... in case some maniac tries to sneak a ladder into my house...