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:

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


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:

    • State of Michigan Resources for Addressing the Coronavirus - March 20, 2020

      The State of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services has produced two excellent documents to help individuals, businesses and organizations respond to the coronavirus pandemic.  One document addresses frequently asked questions and can be downloaded at  https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178—,00.html.  The other document provides community mitigation strategies and can be accessed by going to https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coronavirus/MDHHS_Interim_Recommendations_for_COVID-19_final_683589_7.pdf

       


    • 4th Quarter Premium Deposit Invoices Are Now Available! - February 15, 2020

      The 4th quarter premium invoices are now available for download through the member portal and in each member’s folder. The deadline for paying the premium deposit is March 10, 2020.


    • CRASIF is on the Move! - December 11, 2019

      Our office has moved to a new location in downtown Lansing!  The move gives us more space and close proximity to the CRA’s future office in the legislative corridor.  Our new address is:  101 S. Washington Square Street, Suite 720, Lansing MI  48933.  An open house is planned for March. 


    • Ottawa County Road Commission Joins CRASIF - December 5, 2019

      Ottawa County Road Commission becomes the newest member of the CRASIF family.   They officially became a member on December 1, 2019.  Welcome Ottawa!!