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:

Shortcuts cut life short.Do not block access to the emergency eyewash.Keep stairways, hallways, aisles and fire exits clean and clear.Hard hat, safety glasses and a class II vest are proper PPE for flaggers.When releasing compressed air from a valve, release the air slowly.You need time to acclimate to hot, humid weather before doing sustained, hard work.Safety is a full-time job, don't make it a part-time practice.Adjust your work pace in hot, humid weather; slow down, drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks in a cool place. Never carry power tools around by their power cords.Use 3-point contact when climbing ladders or equipment access steps.Don't leave tools lying around; they become tripping hazards and could be taken and used by unauthorized and untrained personnel.When Flagging traffic ensure that your sign paddle is clean and legible.Just because you always did it that way, doesn't make it right.The "hidden" costs of an injury can be from two to nine times higher than direct costs.Shortcuts cut life short.Actions speak louder than words; set a good safety example for co-workers.Keep exit doors clearly marked, unobstructed, and closed when not in use.Don't text and drive.Vertical alignment is crucial when using arrow panels.Perform a Pre-Trip Inspection on all vehicles before operating.Avoid working with your back to oncoming traffic.Plan excavations to eliminate or minimize human occupancy in the trench.Take the time to pass your hard-earned safety knowledge on to newer employees.Stay properly hydrated; drink plenty of water when working hard in the heat and the cold.Heat and humidity combine to stress and sometimes overwhelm your body's ability to cool itself.Read and understand the MSDS information on the hazardous chemicals you use before using them.Never turn your back on moving equipment.Workers on the ground remain visible and avoid blind spots at worksites.Always establish an escape route before cutting down a tree.Wear eye protection when working near hydraulics.Failure to wear the proper personal protective equipment or not reminding a co-worker to wear theirs, can result in an accident.Make sure the power tool is disconnected before changing the blade, bit, etc., or conducting a safety inspection.Hard hats, they're not just for decoration.REMEMBER: Accidents don't just happen, they are causedCommercially available Sports drinks, like Gator-Aid or Power-Aid are very good water substitutes, especially in hot, humid weather.If you don't think it will happen to you, find the person who had it happen to them.Inspect ladders before each use; immediately take damaged ladders out of service, tag them to warn others, and properly dispose of them.Safety glasses: All in favor say "Eye!"Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches.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.In hot, humid weather, beware the effects of age, medications, fatigue, and overall physical condition.Before removing the fill cap on a pressurized tank verify that the pressure has been released.Inspect hand and power tools before each use.Ensure windows and mirrors are clean before operating vehicles.Know where the fire emergency exits are before an emergency strikes.Avoid sugary and/or caffeinated drinks on hot, humid days; drink plenty of water.Place trench spoils a minimum of 2 feet back from the excavation edge.Do not wear gloves with cuffs when working with a wood chipper.Report injuries promptly to your supervisor.Never use an arrow panel in the Arrow Mode on a two-lane two-way roadway.Report any worn out or defaced original manufactures warning decals on equipment.Working in hot, humid weather impairs function, and can threaten your health and safety.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.Accidents hurt - safety doesn't.When Flagging traffic station yourself 10 feet from the taper, arrow panel or vehicle.Place traffic control devices while facing oncoming traffic.Never tape, wire, or otherwise disable a safety switch or lockout.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.Machine guards must always be in place and functional.Keep extension cords and air hoses out of the traffic aisles.Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches.In hot, humid weather, beware the effects of age, medications, fatigue, and overall physical condition.Adjust all mirrors before operating your vehicle.Statistics show that most industrial incidents are the result of unsafe acts by employees.When you gamble with safety you bet your life.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.The farthest warning sign from the worksite should be placed first.Safety is something you learn from the start - being accident free is doing your part.Keep eyes and ears open to oncoming traffic while on work crews.In hot weather, when drinking caffeinated beverages you should also drink at least an equal amount of water.Keep cutting tools sharp; a sharp tool is a safer tool.In windy conditions ensure your work zone warning signs remain erect.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). It's better to lose one minute in life than to lose life in a minute.Safety is as simple as ABC...Always Be Careful.Wear you hardhat when traffic regulating.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.Remember: Safety is a 24 hour-a-day responsibility. Safety doesn't start and end at the time clock.Use a brush, broom or vacuum to clean up your work area, not compressed air.Chainsaw P.P.E. includes, hardhat, gloves, sturdy boots, eye protection, hearing protection, and chaps.On overnight excavations inspect trench walls before human occupancy.If you don't think it will happen to you, find the person who had it happen to them.Take damaged tools out of service immediately and either tag them and turn them in for service, or properly dispose of them.Always assume an electric wire or device is energized.Always inspect a hand or power tool before using it.Buckle up, slow down, and stay alert behind the wheel; drive safely - don't become a statistic.A clean workplace / jobsite can reduce the risk of injuries.Use sun block / sun screen rated at least SPF-30 on skin exposed to sunlight; reapply often.While on a ladder, never step back to admire your work.They're the only pair of eyes you have, take good care of them.When Flagging traffic never stand in the lane of approaching traffic.Disconnect the power to tools when not using them or when servicing them.Seatbelts are required to be worn on all mobile equipment with ROPS.Heat and humidity combine to stress and sometimes overwhelm your body's ability to cool itself.When Flagging traffic ensure your station is visible to approaching traffic from 500 feet.Before removing the fill cap on a pressurized tank verify that the pressure has been released.Chance-takers are accident-makers.Eat smaller, lighter meals, more often in hot, humid weather; avoid eating heavy foods in large amounts.A certification tag MUST be affixed to all Lifting Slings. NO TAG, NO LIFT.Always position yourself up hill when cutting down or bucking a tree.Use an ivy block product before exposure to poison ivy.Locate high pressure fluid leaks with a piece of cardboard NOT your hand.Don't use compressed air to clean dust off your clothes or skin.Adjust your work pace in hot, humid weather; slow down, drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks in a cool place. It's easier to ask a dumb question than it is to fix a dumb mistake.When releasing compressed air from a valve, release the air slowly.Go MSU Spartans!The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense.Falling objects can be brutal if you don't protect your noodle.Bar / Caution Mode shall be used on Flagging and shoulder operations.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.REMEMBER: Accidents don't just happen, they are caused.Use sun block / sun screen rated at least SPF-30 on skin exposed to sunlight; reapply often.Eat smaller, lighter meals, more often in hot, humid weather; avoid eating heavy foods in large amounts.Position work vehicles completely off the road when practical.Shut off key and work the hydraulic controls repeatedly to ensure hydraulic pressure is released.Ensure that all hydraulic pressure has been released before removing hydraulic lines.If you can't see the equipment operator, they can't see you.Wear safety goggles when performing dusty work or when chemical splatters are likely to occur.


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.
  • Board Members

  • Doug Robidoux Chair
    Mary Sholander Vice Chair
    Kenneth Hulka Trustee
    Jesse Campbell Trustee
    John Hunt Trustee
    Mike Larrabee Trustee
    Tom Doty Trustee
    Dale Linton Trustee
    Jerry Smigelski Trustee
  • Staff

  • James “Jim” deSpelder – Administrator
    Doris Baakko – Controller
  • Board Meeting Schedule*

  • Date Location
    March 12, 2018 Board Meeting, Lansing, 9 am.
    May 15, 2018 Board Meeting, Comfort Inn and Conference Center, Mount Pleasant, Time – TBD
    July 19, 2018 Board Meeting, Soaring Eagle Resort and Conference Center, Mount Pleasant, Time – TBD
    Sept 12, 2018 Annual Membership Meeting, Firekeepers, Battle Creek, Time – TBD
    View full calendar.
    *As of 1/10/2018
  • Contact Us

  • 417 N Seymour Avenue Ste #3
    Lansing, MI 48933


    JimdeSpelder@crasif.org
    Phone: 517-371-7880
    Fax: 517-481-3751

    Dbaakko@crasif.org
    Phone: 517-371-7880
    Fax: 517-481-3751

  • latest news from crasif:

    • Board Approves a $2 Million Dollar Dividend Distribution. - March 28, 2018

      The Board of Trustees approved a $2 million dollar dividend distribution at it’s March 12 board meeting.  Out of the $2 million, $1 million dollars will be issued as a refund check and the other $1 million will be used as a premium credit for the 2018-19 coverage year.   Board Chair Doug Robidoux had this to say about the distribution, “Our members and our risk control staff have worked hard at reducing high frequency injuries over the last 5 years.  We are excited that we can return the unused premium back to our members.  This is one of the many benefits of being part of a group fund.”

      The dividend distribution plan is subject to the approval of the Workers’ Compensation Agency.


    • 4th Quarter Premium Deposits Due March 10 - February 12, 2018

      Just a reminder that the 4th quarter premium deposits are due March 10.   The invoices are located in the invoices folder in the member portal.  To retrieve the invoices, click on the Members Only Section tab above and select the link that says “Click here to obtain CRASIF forms, invoices, …etc.”  Please feel free to contact Lisa Heads (lheads@mackadmin.com or 810.844.8112) if you have trouble getting them.


    • New Return-to-Work Program Enhancements! - February 7, 2018

      CRASIF is pleased to announce that there are now two (2) NEW member enhancements to our return-to-work (RTW) efforts.  Effective today February 1, 2018, members who choose to do RTW, will have:

      1. A list of pre-planned temporary, productive, modifiable transitional jobs called “Bridge Assignments” available to use; and,

      2. A Return-to-Work Specialist available to help you use the Bridge Assignments effectively.

      The Bridge Assignments can be used when the injured employee’s original job cannot be modified to accommodate their work related restrictions.  They were created by road commissions for road commissions.  (Special thanks goes to the following members who volunteered to help create them:  Barry, Kalamazoo, Mason, Alcona, Midland and Washtenaw.)

      The RTW Specialist name is Emelia Legarza.  She will be working with our claims adjuster Melissa Teregan from Mackinaw Administrators.


    • Beware of Frostbite! - January 8, 2018

      Extreme cold temperatures are becoming the norm this year in Michigan.  The combination of extremely cold temperatures and the wind can cause someone to experience frostbite in as little as 20 minutes.  Check out the CRASIF January 2018 Break Room News for information that will help you identify and treat frostbite.  Click here to review the newsletter.


    • First Time Risk Control Award Winners - October 9, 2017

      A number of CRASIF members received risk control awards for the first time at our Annual Meeting.  Arenac CRC received the Turnaround Award for achieving the largest reduction in it’s experience modification factor from the previous year.   Isabella CRC, Mackinac CRC, Oscoda CRC and Wexford CRC had no reportable workers’ compensation claims during the last 12 months.  Washtenaw CRC went on the Honor Roll for the first time after acheiving a less than 1.0 experience modification factor.  Huron CRC and Alpena CRC were recognized for the best experience modification factor in their payroll classes.  Keep up the good work everyone!