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:

Heat and humidity combine to stress and sometimes overwhelm your body's ability to cool itself.Falling objects can be brutal if you don't protect your noodle.Safety is as simple as ABC...Always Be Careful.Keep cutting tools sharp; a sharp tool is a safer tool.If you don't think it will happen to you, find the person who had it happen to them.If you can't see the equipment operator, they can't see you.Ensure that all hydraulic pressure has been released before removing hydraulic lines.Go MSU Spartans!Inspect ladders before each use; immediately take damaged ladders out of service, tag them to warn others, and properly dispose of them.Eat smaller, lighter meals, more often in hot, humid weather; avoid eating heavy foods in large amounts.Shortcuts cut life short.Ensure windows and mirrors are clean before operating vehicles.They're the only pair of eyes you have, take good care of them.On overnight excavations inspect trench walls before human occupancy.Shut off key and work the hydraulic controls repeatedly to ensure hydraulic pressure is released.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.Always establish an escape route before cutting down a tree.Statistics show that most industrial incidents are the result of unsafe acts by employees.Adjust your work pace in hot, humid weather; slow down, drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks in a cool place. Hard hat, safety glasses and a class II vest are proper PPE for flaggers.REMEMBER: Accidents don't just happen, they are causedWear you hardhat when traffic regulating.A certification tag MUST be affixed to all Lifting Slings. NO TAG, NO LIFT.Make sure the power tool is disconnected before changing the blade, bit, etc., or conducting a safety inspection.Seatbelts are required to be worn on all mobile equipment with ROPS.Don't leave tools lying around; they become tripping hazards and could be taken and used by unauthorized and untrained personnel.In hot, humid weather, beware the effects of age, medications, fatigue, and overall physical condition.Do not wear gloves with cuffs when working with a wood chipper.Avoid working with your back to oncoming traffic.When releasing compressed air from a valve, release the air slowly.Chainsaw P.P.E. includes, hardhat, gloves, sturdy boots, eye protection, hearing protection, and chaps.The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense.Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches.Disconnect the power to tools when not using them or when servicing them.Don't text and drive.Actions speak louder than words; set a good safety example for co-workers.Accidents hurt - safety doesn't.Keep eyes and ears open to oncoming traffic while on work crews.Keep stairways, hallways, aisles and fire exits clean and clear.When Flagging traffic always position your station where you have an escape route.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). Always assume an electric wire or device is energized.Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches.Hard hats, they're not just for decoration.Working in hot, humid weather impairs function, and can threaten your health and safety.You need time to acclimate to hot, humid weather before doing sustained, hard work.Safety is something you learn from the start - being accident free is doing your part.When Flagging traffic ensure that your sign paddle is clean and legible.A clean workplace / jobsite can reduce the risk of injuries.Take damaged tools out of service immediately and either tag them and turn them in for service, or properly dispose of them.Never use an arrow panel in the Arrow Mode on a two-lane two-way roadway.Eat smaller, lighter meals, more often in hot, humid weather; avoid eating heavy foods in large amounts.Remember: Safety is a 24 hour-a-day responsibility. Safety doesn't start and end at the time clock.Use sun block / sun screen rated at least SPF-30 on skin exposed to sunlight; reapply often.Wear safety goggles when performing dusty work or when chemical splatters are likely to occur.Position work vehicles completely off the road when practical.Always inspect a hand or power tool before using it.Never turn your back on moving equipment.Report any worn out or defaced original manufactures warning decals on equipment.When you gamble with safety you bet your life.REMEMBER: Accidents don't just happen, they are caused.Take the time to pass your hard-earned safety knowledge on to newer employees.Use 3-point contact when climbing ladders or equipment access steps.Always position yourself up hill when cutting down or bucking a tree.Don't use compressed air to clean dust off your clothes or skin.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.Use a brush, broom or vacuum to clean up your work area, not compressed air.Wear eye protection when working near hydraulics.The "hidden" costs of an injury can be from two to nine times higher than direct costs.You need time to acclimate to hot, humid weather before doing sustained, hard work.Report injuries promptly to your supervisor.Before removing the fill cap on a pressurized tank verify that the pressure has been released.When Flagging traffic ensure your station is visible to approaching traffic from 500 feet.Buckle up, slow down, and stay alert behind the wheel; drive safely - don't become a statistic.It's better to lose one minute in life than to lose life in a minute.Shortcuts cut life short.If you don't think it will happen to you, find the person who had it happen to them.The farthest warning sign from the worksite should be placed first.Adjust your work pace in hot, humid weather; slow down, drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks in a cool place. Adjust all mirrors before operating your vehicle.Working in hot, humid weather impairs function, and can threaten your health and safety.When releasing compressed air from a valve, release the air slowly.In hot weather, when drinking caffeinated beverages you should also drink at least an equal amount of water.Commercially available Sports drinks, like Gator-Aid or Power-Aid are very good water substitutes, especially in hot, humid weather.Chance-takers are accident-makers.Do not block access to the emergency eyewash.Wear light-colored, cotton clothing when working in hot, humid weather.Safety is a full-time job, don't make it a part-time practice.Locate high pressure fluid leaks with a piece of cardboard NOT your hand.Know where the fire emergency exits are before an emergency strikes.Failure to wear the proper personal protective equipment or not reminding a co-worker to wear theirs, can result in an accident.Heat and humidity combine to stress and sometimes overwhelm your body's ability to cool itself.Use an ivy block product before exposure to poison ivy.Plan excavations to eliminate or minimize human occupancy in the trench.Bar / Caution Mode shall be used on Flagging and shoulder operations.It's easier to ask a dumb question than it is to fix a dumb mistake.Perform a Pre-Trip Inspection on all vehicles before operating.Vertical alignment is crucial when using arrow panels.Keep exit doors clearly marked, unobstructed, and closed when not in use.When Flagging traffic never stand in the lane of approaching traffic.Use sun block / sun screen rated at least SPF-30 on skin exposed to sunlight; reapply often.In windy conditions ensure your work zone warning signs remain erect.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.Just because you always did it that way, doesn't make it right.Never tape, wire, or otherwise disable a safety switch or lockout.When Flagging traffic station yourself 10 feet from the taper, arrow panel or vehicle.While on a ladder, never step back to admire your work.Place traffic control devices while facing oncoming traffic.Machine guards must always be in place and functional.Inspect hand and power tools before each use.Workers on the ground remain visible and avoid blind spots at worksites.Avoid sugary and/or caffeinated drinks on hot, humid days; drink plenty of water.Safety glasses: All in favor say "Eye!"Keep extension cords and air hoses out of the traffic aisles.Before removing the fill cap on a pressurized tank verify that the pressure has been released.In hot, humid weather, beware the effects of age, medications, fatigue, and overall physical condition.Read and understand the MSDS information on the hazardous chemicals you use before using 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.Never carry power tools around by their power cords.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.


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:

    • Board Approves $2 Million Dividend - April 4, 2019

      The Board of Trustees approved at its March 12th meeting a $2 million dollar dividend to be distributed to members. This will be the largest dividend given in the last 5 years. Total dividends distributed since the inception of the Fund will now total $85 million dollars. The dividend distribution needs to be approved by the State of Michigan Workers’ Compensation Agency.


    • CRASIF Offers a Workers’ Comp Specialist Course - March 1, 2019

      CRASIF has developed a course for empowering local road commission staff to efficiently manage workers’ compensation injuries both proactively and reactively that saves money, ensures good medical care for the injured employee, and provides timely wage loss benefits. All staff touching the workers comp process will find this course helpful. It will take place on May 6th, 2019 at Crystal Mountain beginning at 8 am. Open to only CRASIF members, there is no charge. For more information, or, to register go to the following link: https://info.micountyroads.org/events/details/certified-workers-compensation-specialist-program-211


    • 4th Quarter Premium Deposit Invoices Now Available! - February 12, 2019

      The 2018-19 4th quarter premium deposit invoices are now available in your Premium Invoices folder through the member’s portal. Deadline for payment is March 10, 2019.


    • New Chair and Vice Chair for 2018-19 - December 2, 2018

      Mary Sholander, Director of Finance and Administration at the Marquette County Road Commission, was elected by the Board of Trustees to be the new Chair. Tom Doty, Road Commissioner at the Mackinac County Road Commission, was elected to serve as Vice Chair. Mary was the former Vice Chair and succeeds Doug Robidoux, Road Commissioner from Mason County who did an outstanding job of representing and leading the board for the past two years. Congratulations to Mary and Tom, and, a big thank you to Doug!