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:

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

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
    Beth Hunt Trustee
    Doug Robidoux Trustee
    Michael Scott Trustee
    Jerry Smigelski Trustee
  • Staff

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

    • Board of Trustee Election Results - September 21, 2020

      The 2020 Board of Trustee election results were announced at the 42nd Annual Membership Meeting on September 16, 2020.  Doug Robidoix, Commissioner from Mason, was elected to serve a 3-year term from among the northern region.  Tom Doty, Commissioner from Mackinac, was elected to serve a 3-year term from the upper peninsula region.  Beth Hunt, Finance Director from Lenawee, was elected to serve a 3-year at-large term.  Jesse Campbell, Manager from Alcona, was elected to fill the 1-year at-large term.

      At the following Board Organizational Meeting, the Board also re-elected Mary Sholander from Marquette and Tom Doty from Mackinac, as Board Chair and Vice Chair respectively.  Congratulations to all!!

    • 2020 CRASIF Stewardship Report Now Available - September 12, 2020

      The 2020 CRASIF Stewardship Report is now available in the member portal under shared resources.  The Report contains the Annual Membership Meeting reports and the Honor Roll Recipients.  A hard copy was mailed to every member.  If you need another hard-copy, please contact Janet Wise at the office or by emailing her at

    • Annual Membership Meeting Goes Virtual! Save September 16th! - July 31, 2020

      In light of the concerns about COVID-19, CRASIF has decided to eliminate the morning educational program and to just conduct the business meeting.  The business meeting will be held on the original date of September 16th, starting at 1:00 pm and ending around 3 pm.  A link will be sent out two weeks before the event.  Our Annual Stewardship Report with the meeting agenda will be available for download.  Stay tune for more details!

    • Call for Board of Trustee Candidates - July 1, 2020

      Just a reminder that the deadline for submitting your name as a Board Trustee candidate is July 3, 2020.  This year CRASIF will have one (1) three-year Upper Peninsula Road Builders Association region position to fill, one (1) three-year Northern Michigan Association of Road Commissions region position to fill, one (1) one year at-large position, and one (1) three-year at-large position.  Please send a letter indicating your interest and qualifications on road commission letterhead to the attention of the Board Secretary, Doris Baakko.  Also include a recent picture to include on the ballot.  The letter and the picture can be sent to CRASIF’s mailing address or electronically to

      Contact Jim deSpelder, Fund Administrator, if you have any questions.