Established in 1978, the County Road Association Self Insurance Fund, CRASIF, is a group of 72 county road commissions who have joined together to provide workers compensation insurance for over 3,500 employees.


CRASIF Safety Tips:

When Flagging traffic ensure that your sign paddle is clean and legible.Use sun block / sun screen rated at least SPF-30 on skin exposed to sunlight; reapply often.Always assume an electric wire or device is energized.Just because you always did it that way, doesn't make it right.Buckle up, slow down, and stay alert behind the wheel; drive safely - don't become a statistic.When Flagging traffic always position your station where you have an escape route.Don't use compressed air to clean dust off your clothes or skin.Before removing the fill cap on a pressurized tank verify that the pressure has been released.Ensure windows and mirrors are clean before operating vehicles.In a split-second a blast of compressed air can, - Destroy an eye. - Rupture an eardrum. - Send particles flying at jet speeds into your eyes or lungs. - Burst lungs and intestines if directed into the mouth. - If directed against skin cuts, can cause pain and swelling and may even inject air bubbles into your bloodstream (this can be deadly). Take the time to pass your hard-earned safety knowledge on to newer employees.It's easier to ask a dumb question than it is to fix a dumb mistake.Avoid sugary and/or caffeinated drinks on hot, humid days; drink plenty of water.Keep eyes and ears open to oncoming traffic while on work crews.Take damaged tools out of service immediately and either tag them and turn them in for service, or properly dispose of them.Workers on the ground remain visible and avoid blind spots at worksites.In hot, humid weather, beware the effects of age, medications, fatigue, and overall physical condition.A compressed air line supplying air to drive a tool becomes part of the tool; the air line must be inspected before each use along with the air tool.Commercially available Sports drinks, like Gator-Aid or Power-Aid are very good water substitutes, especially in hot, humid weather.Don't leave tools lying around; they become tripping hazards and could be taken and used by unauthorized and untrained personnel.A certification tag MUST be affixed to all Lifting Slings. NO TAG, NO LIFT.Keep extension cords and air hoses out of the traffic aisles.Place trench spoils a minimum of 2 feet back from the excavation edge.Report injuries promptly to your supervisor.Ensure that all hydraulic pressure has been released before removing hydraulic lines.Keep cutting tools sharp; a sharp tool is a safer tool.Failure to wear the proper personal protective equipment or not reminding a co-worker to wear theirs, can result in an accident.Read and understand the MSDS information on the hazardous chemicals you use before using them.Actions speak louder than words; set a good safety example for co-workers.Falling objects can be brutal if you don't protect your noodle.Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches.In windy conditions ensure your work zone warning signs remain erect.Before removing the fill cap on a pressurized tank verify that the pressure has been released.Never turn your back on moving equipment.Disconnect the power to tools when not using them or when servicing them.When releasing compressed air from a valve, release the air slowly.Safety glasses: All in favor say "Eye!"Always establish an escape route before cutting down a tree.Stay properly hydrated; drink plenty of water when working hard in the heat and the cold.Never carry power tools around by their power cords.Hard hat, safety glasses and a class II vest are proper PPE for flaggers.Never use an arrow panel in the Arrow Mode on a two-lane two-way roadway.Perform a Pre-Trip Inspection on all vehicles before operating.Use sun block / sun screen rated at least SPF-30 on skin exposed to sunlight; reapply often.It's better to lose one minute in life than to lose life in a minute.Wear eye protection when working near hydraulics.Locate high pressure fluid leaks with a piece of cardboard NOT your hand.Remember: Safety is a 24 hour-a-day responsibility. Safety doesn't start and end at the time clock.Shortcuts cut life short.Wear safety goggles when performing dusty work or when chemical splatters are likely to occur.While on a ladder, never step back to admire your work.Working in hot, humid weather impairs function, and can threaten your health and safety.Statistics show that most industrial incidents are the result of unsafe acts by employees.REMEMBER: Accidents don't just happen, they are causedBeing safe on the job, avoiding injury, is what allows you to get the most out of your family time off of the job. You're not going to have much fun with your family if you are injured.Use an ivy block product before exposure to poison ivy.Chainsaw P.P.E. includes, hardhat, gloves, sturdy boots, eye protection, hearing protection, and chaps.Adjust your work pace in hot, humid weather; slow down, drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks in a cool place. Always position yourself up hill when cutting down or bucking a tree.Heat and humidity combine to stress and sometimes overwhelm your body's ability to cool itself.Machine guards must always be in place and functional.Eat smaller, lighter meals, more often in hot, humid weather; avoid eating heavy foods in large amounts.Hard hats, they're not just for decoration.Inspect ladders before each use; immediately take damaged ladders out of service, tag them to warn others, and properly dispose of them.Safety is something you learn from the start - being accident free is doing your part.Shut off key and work the hydraulic controls repeatedly to ensure hydraulic pressure is released.Report any worn out or defaced original manufactures warning decals on equipment.Know where the fire emergency exits are before an emergency strikes.Do not block access to the emergency eyewash.If you don't think it will happen to you, find the person who had it happen to them.You need time to acclimate to hot, humid weather before doing sustained, hard work.Make sure the power tool is disconnected before changing the blade, bit, etc., or conducting a safety inspection.Position work vehicles completely off the road when practical.Wear you hardhat when traffic regulating.Bar / Caution Mode shall be used on Flagging and shoulder operations.When you gamble with safety you bet your life.If you can't see the equipment operator, they can't see you.Avoid working with your back to oncoming traffic.Safety is as simple as ABC...Always Be Careful.On overnight excavations inspect trench walls before human occupancy.Use a brush, broom or vacuum to clean up your work area, not compressed air.Do not block access to fire extinguishers; don't hang anything on or lean anything against a fire extinguisher. Maintain clear access at all times.Adjust all mirrors before operating your vehicle.You need time to acclimate to hot, humid weather before doing sustained, hard work.Inspect hand and power tools before each use.They're the only pair of eyes you have, take good care of them.Wear light-colored, cotton clothing when working in hot, humid weather.When Flagging traffic never stand in the lane of approaching traffic.Heat and humidity combine to stress and sometimes overwhelm your body's ability to cool itself.Working in hot, humid weather impairs function, and can threaten your health and safety.Chance-takers are accident-makers.When Flagging traffic station yourself 10 feet from the taper, arrow panel or vehicle.In hot weather, when drinking caffeinated beverages you should also drink at least an equal amount of water.Always inspect a hand or power tool before using it.Plan excavations to eliminate or minimize human occupancy in the trench.Never tape, wire, or otherwise disable a safety switch or lockout.The "hidden" costs of an injury can be from two to nine times higher than direct costs.Seatbelts are required to be worn on all mobile equipment with ROPS.If you don't think it will happen to you, find the person who had it happen to them.Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches.Use 3-point contact when climbing ladders or equipment access steps.In hot, humid weather, beware the effects of age, medications, fatigue, and overall physical condition.Shortcuts cut life short.The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense.Keep exit doors clearly marked, unobstructed, and closed when not in use.Adjust your work pace in hot, humid weather; slow down, drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks in a cool place. Safety is a full-time job, don't make it a part-time practice.Do not wear gloves with cuffs when working with a wood chipper.REMEMBER: Accidents don't just happen, they are caused.When releasing compressed air from a valve, release the air slowly.A clean workplace / jobsite can reduce the risk of injuries.The farthest warning sign from the worksite should be placed first.Keep stairways, hallways, aisles and fire exits clean and clear.Go MSU Spartans!Vertical alignment is crucial when using arrow panels.When Flagging traffic ensure your station is visible to approaching traffic from 500 feet.Do not wear gloves around moving machinery such as drill presses, table saws, and lathes, where the glove can be caught and pull your hand into the machine.Place traffic control devices while facing oncoming traffic.Accidents hurt - safety doesn't.Don't text and drive.Eat smaller, lighter meals, more often in hot, humid weather; avoid eating heavy foods in large amounts.


Mission

  • Our mission is to reduce the potential for employee injury and to provide a comprehensive disability management program for employees eligible for workers' compensation.
  • Board Members

  • Doug Robidoux Chair
    Mary Herman Vice Chair
    Kenneth Hulka Trustee
    Joyce Randall Trustee
    John Hunt Trustee
    Mike Larrabee Trustee
    Robert Ottenoff Trustee
    Dale Linton Trustee
    Jerry Smigelski Trustee
  • Staff

  • James “Jim” deSpelder – Administrator
    Doris Baakko – Controller
  • Board Meeting Schedule*

  • Date Location
    May 15, 2017 Board Meeting, Boyne Highlands, Pleasantview MI, Time 1 pm.
    July or August Board Meeting, Time and Location TBD
    Sept 13, 2017 Annual Membership Meeting, Boyne Mountain Resort, Time TBD
    Oct 12-13, 2017 Strategic Planning Workshop, Tree Tops Resort, 12 noon
    December 2017 Board Meeting, Mount Pleasant, TBD
    View full calendar.
    *As of 04/13/2017
  • Contact Us

  • 417 N Seymour Avenue Ste #3
    Lansing, MI 48933


    JimdeSpelder@crasif.org
    Phone: 517-371-7880
    Fax: 517-481-3751

    Dbaakko@crasif.org
    Phone: 517-371-7880
    Fax: 517-481-3751

  • latest news from crasif:

    • 2017-18 Member Premium Deposit Invoices Now Available! - May 12, 2017

      The 2017-18 1st Quarter Member Premium Deposit Invoices are now available through the member portal.  Deadline for returning is June 10, 2017!  Call us if you have any problems retrieving the invoice.


    • Hidden CRASIF Treasurers - April 17, 2017

      Attendees at the 49th Annual Commisioner’s Seminar on April 10-11, 2017 in Bay City were enriched by a session called “Discovering Hidden CRASIF Treasurers.”  The session guided the attendees through the treasurer-trove of safety resources available through the CRASIF website and our partnership with Safetysurance.  Director of Risk Consulting, Allen Roden, highlighted certain gems such as regular news feeds on workplace injuries and 24/7 access to safety training videos on operational hazards.  He also informed those in attendance that road commission staff are being trained on how to use the system when our risk consultants make their on-site visits.  Road commissioners were encouraged to make sure their road commission knew of the resources if they are a member of CRASIF.


    • Got Risk Control? - February 28, 2017

      Got Risk Control??  One of the many advantages of being a member of CRASIF is our risk control resources.  Our best resource is our two Risk Consultants, Allen Roden and Melanie Green.  They travel around the state providing safety training tailored specifically for road commissions.  Steve Lucas, Managing Director of Cass CRC, recently sent us this note:

      “Hi Jim

      I wanted to pass on some positive encouragement to Al Roden and Melanie Greene. Al has been to the Cass County Road Commission several times providing training and inspections since the partnership with CRASIF. We were introduced to Melanie last fall when she provided training to our staff. Both Al and Melanie have great personalities that allow them to deliver their message and keep the trainees attention. As we all know not all subject matter can peak everyone’s interest but they find a way to accomplish it. Al is a wealth of knowledge in the subject matter and through the delivery his passion for safety shows loud and clear. Although Melanie has only visited us once her passion was evident throughout the entire training. I have never received any complaints from employees about the training provided by either of them and in fact have received positive comments. Please let them know that the Cass County Road Commission employee’s greatly appreciate both of them. Knowledge is powerful and through their teaching our employees work in a much safer environment.”

      Need more training or safety audits?  Contact Al at aroden@mackadmin.com or Melanie at mgreene@mackadmin.com.  Get Risk Control!  See those workers’ compensation claims go down.


    • Goose Egg Award goes to Mecosta CRC - February 21, 2017

      CRASIF is excited to announce that another member has received the Goose Egg Award.  The Goose Egg Award is given to Fund members which had “0” workers’ compensation losses in the past 12 month coverage year.  Congratulations to Mecosta for their safety diligence!

      Receiving the Award on behalf of the road commission are, from left to right: Board Chair Van Johnson, Managing Director Joyce Randall, and Superintendent Tim Nestle.


    • Alpena CRC Receives the Goose Egg Award - February 8, 2017

      Alpena County Road Commission was awarded the “Goose Egg” award at the most recent Straits Area Council Meeting.  The Award recognizes the safety efforts of the Fund member that resulted in no workers’ compensation claims from July 1 2015 to June 30 2016.  Congratulations to all at the road commission.  Keep the streak alive!

      Receiving the award for the road commission are, from left to right, Commissioner Spaulding, Managing Director Larry Orcutt, Commissioner Sterns, Finance Director Julie Patterson, and Commissioner Heise.