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:

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


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:

    • 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!!

       


    • 3rd Quarter Invoices Now Available - December 5, 2019

      The 3rd quarter invoices are now available in the member’s folder. They are due December 10th.


    • 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!