Established in 1978, the County Road Association Self Insurance Fund, CRASIF, is a group of 70 county road commissions who have joined together to provide workers compensation insurance for over 3,500 employees.


CRASIF Safety Tips:

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


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 Herman 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
    Sept 13, 2017 Annual Membership Meeting, Boyne Mountain Resort, 9:00 am – Register; 10:00 am – Program.
    Oct 11-13, 2017 Strategic Planning Workshop, Mission Point, 12 noon
    December 4, 2017 Board Meeting, Mount Pleasant, TBD
    View full calendar.
    *As of 09/04/2017
  • 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:

    • 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!


    • Risk Control Grants Awarded at Annual Membership Meeting - October 9, 2017

      The following members received risk control grants on September 13 at the CRASIF Annual Membership Meeting: $500 – Iron CRC, $750 – Montmorency CRC, and, $1,000 to Manistee CRC. The purpose of the grant is help off-set the costs for investing or upgrading safety equipment or training.  Congratulations!


    • Robidoux, Smigelski Re-elected to CRASIF Board; Doty and Campbell Elected to First Term. - October 9, 2017

      The membership re-elect Doug Robidoux (Mason) and Jerry Smigelski (Presque Isle) to the Board of Trustees.  Tom Doty (Mackinac) was elected to his first term.   Jesse Campbell, a current trustee by appointment who filled the space vacated by former trustee Joyce Randall, was elected to his first term.  Robidoux, Doty and Campbell were elected to a 3 year term; Smigelski will fill the remaining 2 years of the term vacated by Randall.  The election results were announced at the 39th Annual Membership Meeting on September 13.  Congratulations to all!


    • 2017 CRASIF Annual Membership Meeting - August 2, 2017

      CRASIF will be holding it’s 39th Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday September 13 at the Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls Michigan.  The meeting will start at 10 am and last to around 3:30 pm.  The morning session will include presentations on having a workplace violence crisis response plan, making a return to work program successful, and, an overview of the workers’ compensation claim process.  A CRASIF sponsored lunch will follow.  After lunch, the Annual Business Meeting will be held providing members with reports detailing the state of the Fund.  We hope you can make it!

      Our meeting precedes the 5th Annual NMARC/ASMCRA Joint Conference at the same location.


    • A Call for Candidates for the Board of Trustees - June 19, 2017

      A letter has been sent out to all commissioners and road commission administrative staff calling for candidates for the board. This year CRASIF will have two (2) three-year at-large positions, one (1) three-year northern region position, and one (1) two-year northern region position to fill.   The incumbents Jesse Campbell from Alcona, Doug Robidoux from Mason and Jerry Smigelski from Presque Isle will be running for re-election.  Trustee Bob Ottenhoff will not be running for re-election.

      Please send a letter indicating your interest and qualifications along with a picture to the attention of CRASIF Controller Doris Baakko or CRASIF Administrator Jim deSpelder. The letter can be sent to CRASIF’s mailing address or electronically to DBaakko@crasif.org.  The deadline is Friday July 7th, 2017.

      After July 7th, ballots will be sent out to the membership.  The election results will be announced at CRASIF’s Annual Membership Meeting on September 13 at the beautiful Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls.