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:

Position work vehicles completely off the road when practical.Avoid sugary and/or caffeinated drinks on hot, humid days; drink plenty of water.Ensure windows and mirrors are clean before operating vehicles.Inspect ladders before each use; immediately take damaged ladders out of service, tag them to warn others, and properly dispose of them.Take the time to pass your hard-earned safety knowledge on to newer employees.When you gamble with safety you bet your life.Keep stairways, hallways, aisles and fire exits clean and clear.Inspect hand and power tools before each use.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.Don't leave tools lying around; they become tripping hazards and could be taken and used by unauthorized and untrained personnel.Statistics show that most industrial incidents are the result of unsafe acts by employees.Hard hats, they're not just for decoration.Keep extension cords and air hoses out of the traffic aisles.Always position yourself up hill when cutting down or bucking a tree.They're the only pair of eyes you have, take good care of them.Safety glasses: All in favor say "Eye!"When Flagging traffic station yourself 10 feet from the taper, arrow panel or vehicle.Plan excavations to eliminate or minimize human occupancy in the trench.Perform a Pre-Trip Inspection on all vehicles before operating.Shortcuts cut life short.Machine guards must always be in place and functional.Just because you always did it that way, doesn't make it right.Locate high pressure fluid leaks with a piece of cardboard NOT your hand.When Flagging traffic ensure that your sign paddle is clean and legible.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.Working in hot, humid weather impairs function, and can threaten your health and safety.Avoid working with your back to oncoming traffic.Never use an arrow panel in the Arrow Mode on a two-lane two-way roadway.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. Always inspect a hand or power tool before using it.Keep eyes and ears open to oncoming traffic while on work crews.It's better to lose one minute in life than to lose life in a minute.Stay properly hydrated; drink plenty of water when working hard in the heat and the cold.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.A clean workplace / jobsite can reduce the risk of injuries.It's easier to ask a dumb question than it is to fix a dumb mistake.Never tape, wire, or otherwise disable a safety switch or lockout.Accidents hurt - safety doesn't.Working in hot, humid weather impairs function, and can threaten your health and safety.In hot weather, when drinking caffeinated beverages you should also drink at least an equal amount of water.Use 3-point contact when climbing ladders or equipment access steps.The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense.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 sun block / sun screen rated at least SPF-30 on skin exposed to sunlight; reapply often.On overnight excavations inspect trench walls before human occupancy.Always establish an escape route before cutting down a tree.Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches.Chainsaw P.P.E. includes, hardhat, gloves, sturdy boots, eye protection, hearing protection, and chaps.Keep exit doors clearly marked, unobstructed, and closed when not in use.Remember: Safety is a 24 hour-a-day responsibility. Safety doesn't start and end at the time clock.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.Falling objects can be brutal if you don't protect your noodle.Place trench spoils a minimum of 2 feet back from the excavation edge.Chance-takers are accident-makers.Do not wear gloves with cuffs when working with a wood chipper.Use a brush, broom or vacuum to clean up your work area, not compressed air.REMEMBER: Accidents don't just happen, they are caused.Read and understand the MSDS information on the hazardous chemicals you use before using them.Heat and humidity combine to stress and sometimes overwhelm your body's ability to cool itself.Wear safety goggles when performing dusty work or when chemical splatters are likely to occur.Never turn your back on moving equipment.Report injuries promptly to your supervisor.Wear light-colored, cotton clothing when working in hot, humid weather.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.Workers on the ground remain visible and avoid blind spots at worksites.Adjust your work pace in hot, humid weather; slow down, drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks in a cool place. 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.Know where the fire emergency exits are before an emergency strikes.Hard hat, safety glasses and a class II vest are proper PPE for flaggers.Place traffic control devices while facing oncoming traffic.When Flagging traffic never stand in the lane of approaching traffic.Report any worn out or defaced original manufactures warning decals on equipment.Heat and humidity combine to stress and sometimes overwhelm your body's ability to cool itself.Eat smaller, lighter meals, more often in hot, humid weather; avoid eating heavy foods in large amounts.Eat smaller, lighter meals, more often in hot, humid weather; avoid eating heavy foods in large amounts.REMEMBER: Accidents don't just happen, they are causedWear eye protection when working near hydraulics.Actions speak louder than words; set a good safety example for co-workers.Safety is as simple as ABC...Always Be Careful.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.When Flagging traffic always position your station where you have an escape route.The farthest warning sign from the worksite should be placed first.Wear you hardhat when traffic regulating.Do not block access to the emergency eyewash.Failure to wear the proper personal protective equipment or not reminding a co-worker to wear theirs, can result in an accident.Before removing the fill cap on a pressurized tank verify that the pressure has been released.Never carry power tools around by their power cords.Use an ivy block product before exposure to poison ivy.You need time to acclimate to hot, humid weather before doing sustained, hard work.In hot, humid weather, beware the effects of age, medications, fatigue, and overall physical condition.Safety is a full-time job, don't make it a part-time practice.Safety is something you learn from the start - being accident free is doing your part.In windy conditions ensure your work zone warning signs remain erect.Keep cutting tools sharp; a sharp tool is a safer tool.When releasing compressed air from a valve, release the air slowly.While on a ladder, never step back to admire your work.Go MSU Spartans!Don't text and drive.Don't use compressed air to clean dust off your clothes or skin.Seatbelts are required to be worn on all mobile equipment with ROPS.Before removing the fill cap on a pressurized tank verify that the pressure has been released.Vertical alignment is crucial when using arrow panels.The "hidden" costs of an injury can be from two to nine times higher than direct costs.Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches.In hot, humid weather, beware the effects of age, medications, fatigue, and overall physical condition.Commercially available Sports drinks, like Gator-Aid or Power-Aid are very good water substitutes, especially in hot, humid weather.Always assume an electric wire or device is energized.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.Disconnect the power to tools when not using them or when servicing them.Ensure that all hydraulic pressure has been released before removing hydraulic lines.You need time to acclimate to hot, humid weather before doing sustained, hard work.Buckle up, slow down, and stay alert behind the wheel; drive safely - don't become a statistic.Shortcuts cut life short.Take damaged tools out of service immediately and either tag them and turn them in for service, or properly dispose of them.If you can't see the equipment operator, they can't see you.Adjust all mirrors before operating your vehicle.


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:

    • 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 DBaakko@crasif.org.

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


    • Payroll Audits Will Begin After July 1 - June 30, 2020

      The APRISE Group will again be doing our payroll audits.  Members will be contacted by the auditor to set up a mutually convenient time to do the audit.  Members can also expect that the audit will continue to be done in-person with the proper precautions in place.  Please give Fund staff a call if you have any concerns.


    • First Quarter Premium Deposit Invoices Now Available! - June 1, 2020

      Hard to believe that we are almost half way through the 2020 calendar year!  The premium deposit invoices for the first quarter of the upcoming 2020-21 coverage year are now available on-line through the member portal.  The deadline for the payment is June 10.