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:

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

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:

    • 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!!


    • 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.