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:

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.Keep exit doors clearly marked, unobstructed, and closed when not in use.Go MSU Spartans!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.Don't leave tools lying around; they become tripping hazards and could be taken and used by unauthorized and untrained personnel.Always inspect a hand or power tool before using it.Always establish an escape route before cutting down a tree.Safety is something you learn from the start - being accident free is doing your part.Safety is a full-time job, don't make it a part-time practice.When releasing compressed air from a valve, release the air slowly.Before removing the fill cap on a pressurized tank verify that the pressure has been released.Raise plows & underbody at Railroad Crossings.It's better to lose one minute in life than to lose life in a minute.Never climb into a V-Box spreader with the flight chain or components running.STOP, LOOK, LISTEN at Railroad Crossings.It's easier to ask a dumb question than it is to fix a dumb mistake.A clean workplace / jobsite can reduce the risk of injuries.Perform a Pre-Trip Inspection on all vehicles before operating.Wear safety goggles when performing dusty work or when chemical splatters are likely to occur.In blowing snow and whiteout conditions slower may be safer.The "hidden" costs of an injury can be from two to nine times higher than direct costs.Don't use compressed air to clean dust off your clothes or skin.Dress properly for the cold weather; cold can negatively impact your ability to work.Know where the fire emergency exits are before an emergency strikes.Stay alert by getting plenty of rest.Take the time to pass your hard-earned safety knowledge on to newer employees.Early signs of cold weather hypothermia are, shivering, bluish lips and fingers, and reduced coordination.In cold weather, drink plenty of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages, preferably hot beveragesDress in layers when working in the cold; wear polypropylene materials next to your skin to wick away moisture.Ensure windows and mirrors are clean before operating vehicles.Chainsaw P.P.E. includes, hardhat, gloves, sturdy boots, eye protection, hearing protection, and chaps.Keep stairways, hallways, aisles and fire exits clean and clear.Always position yourself up hill when cutting down or bucking a tree.Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches.Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches.Use proper ladders or portable scaffolds when climbing onto equipment.Just because you always did it that way, doesn't make it right.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). Use 3-point contact when climbing ladders or equipment access steps.Adjust all mirrors before operating your vehicle.In cold weather, keep clothing clean, avoid overheating, wear clothing in layers, and keep clothing dry.Do not wear gloves with cuffs when working with a wood chipper.Seatbelts are required to be worn on all mobile equipment with ROPS.Ensure that all hydraulic pressure has been released before removing hydraulic lines.Safety is as simple as ABC...Always Be Careful.Failure to wear the proper personal protective equipment or not reminding a co-worker to wear theirs, can result in an accident.Disconnect the power to tools when not using them or when servicing them.Never turn your back on moving equipment.To avoid headaches keep front plows up 2 Report injuries promptly to your supervisor.Accidents hurt - safety doesn't.Remember: Safety is a 24 hour-a-day responsibility. Safety doesn't start and end at the time clock.Falling objects can be brutal if you don't protect your noodle.Buckle up, slow down, and stay alert behind the wheel; drive safely - don't become a statistic.Cold temperatures + wind + wetness = cold stress Inspect ladders before each use; immediately take damaged ladders out of service, tag them to warn others, and properly dispose of them.Never carry power tools around by their power cords.If you don't think it will happen to you, find the person who had it happen to them.Chance-takers are accident-makers.Take damaged tools out of service immediately and either tag them and turn them in for service, or properly dispose of them.Locate high pressure fluid leaks with a piece of cardboard NOT your hand.Actions speak louder than words; set a good safety example for co-workers.When releasing compressed air from a valve, release the air slowly.Shut down power and stop all motion before clear jams on salt spreaders.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.A certification tag MUST be affixed to all Lifting Slings. NO TAG, NO LIFT.REMEMBER: Accidents don't just happen, they are caused.The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense.Wear eye protection when working near hydraulics.Never tape, wire, or otherwise disable a safety switch or lockout.Safety glasses: All in favor say "Eye!"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.Hard hats, they're not just for decoration.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.Shut off key and work the hydraulic controls repeatedly to ensure hydraulic pressure is released.In cold weather, remember that extra clothing inhibits movement. They're the only pair of eyes you have, take good care of them.Keep extension cords and air hoses out of the traffic aisles.Don't text and drive.Lock Out / Tag Out equipment when servicing to prevent accidental start-up.While on a ladder, never step back to admire your work.Keep cutting tools sharp; a sharp tool is a safer tool.Machine guards must always be in place and functional.Always assume an electric wire or device is energized.Read and understand the MSDS information on the hazardous chemicals you use before using them.Make sure the power tool is disconnected before changing the blade, bit, etc., or conducting a safety inspection.Use a brush, broom or vacuum to clean up your work area, not compressed air.Report any worn out or defaced original manufactures warning decals on equipment.Shortcuts cut life short.When you gamble with safety you bet your life.Wear you hardhat when traffic regulating.Before removing the fill cap on a pressurized tank verify that the pressure has been released.Statistics show that most industrial incidents are the result of unsafe acts by employees.There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing (Norwegian proverb).REMEMBER: Accidents don't just happen, they are causedHypothermia is dangerous, it can negatively affect your reasoning and reflexes before you even realize it. Stay properly hydrated; drink plenty of water when working hard in the heat and the cold.Inspect hand and power tools before each use.Shortcuts cut life short.


The CRASIF Advantage

  • 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.
  • CRASIF Core Values

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  • Board Members

  • Mary Sholander Chair
    Tom Doty Vice Chair
    Kenneth Hulka Trustee
    Jesse Campbell Trustee
    John Hunt Trustee
    Dorothy Maxwell Trustee
    Doug Robidoux Trustee
    Michael Scott Trustee
    Jerry Smigelski Trustee
  • Staff

  • James “Jim” deSpelder – Administrator
    Doris Baakko – Controller
  • latest news from crasif:

    • Highlights from the 2019 Annual Membership Business Meeting on September 11 in Battle Creek - September 23, 2019

      • Trustees Sholander, Hunt and Smigelski were re-elected to the Board of Trustees.
      • Ionia won a $1,000 risk control grant, Mackinac won a $750 risk control grant and Allegan own a $500 risk control grant.
      • Crawford won the 2019 Turn Around Award for making the largest positive change in their experience modification factor.
      • Bay, Chippewa and Crawford road commissions were recognized for the lowest experience mod in their respective payroll categories.
      • In the last 12 months, we had 27 members allow 67 injured employees to return to work in a modified capacity that saved approximately $155,747 in lost time wages.
      • Isabella, Oceana, Gladwin and Schoolcraft were recognized for having no workers’ compensation payments for the last 12 months.
      • We recognized 43 members who made the Honor Roll.

      Thank you everyone who attended and made it a great success!


    • Board of Trustees Elect Officers for 2019-20 - September 23, 2019

      The Board of Trustees re-elected Mary Sholander from Marquette as Chair and Tom Doty from Mackinac as Vice-Chair at the September Board Organizational meeting on September 11.  Congratulations to Mary and Tom!


    • Safety Summit - September 4, 2019

      Calling all safety coordinators!  CRASIF is offering the first Safety Summit for just safety coordinators in our member road commissions.  Conveniently scheduled the morning prior to the starting of the Superintendents Seminar, it will be on October 2 from 8 am to 12 noon at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth MI.  Registration is necessary and the cost is included as part of your membership in CRASIF.  Register on-line at https://info.micountyroads.org/events/details/2019-crasif-safety-summit-234.

       


    • 2019-20 2nd Quarter Premium Deposit Invoices Now Available! - August 14, 2019

      Members can find their 2nd quarter premium deposit invoices in their Premium Invoices folder accessed through the member portal.  Please send the payment to the lock-box by September 10, 2019.