Every member of the Illinois workforce faces the unique risks of the particular industry, but they all face the hazards of extreme weather conditions. Every year a significant number of workers' compensation claims follow injuries suffered in severe circumstances such as auto accidents during snowstorms when icy roads change commutes into nightmares. Safety authorities suggest employers should devise and implement severe weather policies in all workplaces.
Illinois could also be affected by other severe weather conditions such as thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds, floods and flash floods. All these could cause not only considerable property damage but also severe injuries or even death. While business must go on, employers must always protect the health and safety of employees.