Established in 1978, the County Road Association Self Insurance Fund, CRASIF, is a group of 69 county road commissions who have joined together to provide workers compensation insurance for over 3,500 employees.


CRASIF Safety Tips:

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


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 Sholander Vice Chair
    Kenneth Hulka Trustee
    Jesse Campbell Trustee
    John Hunt Trustee
    Mike Larrabee Trustee
    Tom Doty Trustee
    Dale Linton Trustee
    Jerry Smigelski Trustee
  • Staff

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

  • Date Location
    May 15, 2018 Board Meeting, Comfort Inn and Conference Center, Mount Pleasant, Time – 8:00 am
    July 19, 2018 Board Meeting, Soaring Eagle Resort and Conference Center, Mount Pleasant, Time – TBD
    Sept 12, 2018 Annual Membership Meeting, Firekeepers, Battle Creek, Time – TBD
    View full calendar.
    *As of 5/15/2018
  • 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:

    • 2018-19 1st Quarter Premium Invoices Available On-line - May 23, 2018

      The 2018-19 Coverage Year’s 1Q invoices are now available in your invoice folder through the member portal.  They are due June 10.  Please contact Lisa Heads at lheads@mackadmin.com if you are unable to retrieve it.


    • Board Approves a $2 Million Dollar Dividend Distribution. - March 28, 2018

      The Board of Trustees approved a $2 million dollar dividend distribution at it’s March 12 board meeting.  Out of the $2 million, $1 million dollars will be issued as a refund check and the other $1 million will be used as a premium credit for the 2018-19 coverage year.   Board Chair Doug Robidoux had this to say about the distribution, “Our members and our risk control staff have worked hard at reducing high frequency injuries over the last 5 years.  We are excited that we can return the unused premium back to our members.  This is one of the many benefits of being part of a group fund.”

      The dividend distribution plan is subject to the approval of the Workers’ Compensation Agency.


    • 4th Quarter Premium Deposits Due March 10 - February 12, 2018

      Just a reminder that the 4th quarter premium deposits are due March 10.   The invoices are located in the invoices folder in the member portal.  To retrieve the invoices, click on the Members Only Section tab above and select the link that says “Click here to obtain CRASIF forms, invoices, …etc.”  Please feel free to contact Lisa Heads (lheads@mackadmin.com or 810.844.8112) if you have trouble getting them.


    • New Return-to-Work Program Enhancements! - February 7, 2018

      CRASIF is pleased to announce that there are now two (2) NEW member enhancements to our return-to-work (RTW) efforts.  Effective today February 1, 2018, members who choose to do RTW, will have:

      1. A list of pre-planned temporary, productive, modifiable transitional jobs called “Bridge Assignments” available to use; and,

      2. A Return-to-Work Specialist available to help you use the Bridge Assignments effectively.

      The Bridge Assignments can be used when the injured employee’s original job cannot be modified to accommodate their work related restrictions.  They were created by road commissions for road commissions.  (Special thanks goes to the following members who volunteered to help create them:  Barry, Kalamazoo, Mason, Alcona, Midland and Washtenaw.)

      The RTW Specialist name is Emelia Legarza.  She will be working with our claims adjuster Melissa Teregan from Mackinaw Administrators.


    • Beware of Frostbite! - January 8, 2018

      Extreme cold temperatures are becoming the norm this year in Michigan.  The combination of extremely cold temperatures and the wind can cause someone to experience frostbite in as little as 20 minutes.  Check out the CRASIF January 2018 Break Room News for information that will help you identify and treat frostbite.  Click here to review the newsletter.