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:

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


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
    Robert Ottenoff Trustee
    Dale Linton Trustee
    Jerry Smigelski Trustee
  • Staff

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

  • Date Location
    July 20, 2017 Board Meeting, Soaring Eagle, Mt. Pleasant, 1:30 pm CHANGED
    Sept 13, 2017 Annual Membership Meeting, Boyne Mountain Resort, 9:00 am
    Oct 11-13, 2017 Strategic Planning Workshop, Mission Point, 12 noon
    December 4, 2017 Board Meeting, Mount Pleasant, TBD
    View full calendar.
    *As of 07/10/2017
  • 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:

    • 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.


    • Alcona County Managing Director Jesse Campbell Appointed as Board Trustee - June 19, 2017

      Board Chair Doug Robidoux announced today that Jesse Campbell has been appointed to the Board of Trustees.  Jesse fills the vacancy created when former Mecosta Managing Director Joyce Randall retired from the road commission in May.  Jesse is the Managing Director at the Alcona County Road Commission.  Welcome Jesse!!


    • 2017-18 Member Premium Deposit Invoices Now Available! - May 12, 2017

      The 2017-18 1st Quarter Member Premium Deposit Invoices are now available through the member portal.  Deadline for returning is June 10, 2017!  Call us if you have any problems retrieving the invoice.


    • Hidden CRASIF Treasurers - April 17, 2017

      Attendees at the 49th Annual Commisioner’s Seminar on April 10-11, 2017 in Bay City were enriched by a session called “Discovering Hidden CRASIF Treasurers.”  The session guided the attendees through the treasurer-trove of safety resources available through the CRASIF website and our partnership with Safetysurance.  Director of Risk Consulting, Allen Roden, highlighted certain gems such as regular news feeds on workplace injuries and 24/7 access to safety training videos on operational hazards.  He also informed those in attendance that road commission staff are being trained on how to use the system when our risk consultants make their on-site visits.  Road commissioners were encouraged to make sure their road commission knew of the resources if they are a member of CRASIF.


    • Got Risk Control? - February 28, 2017

      Got Risk Control??  One of the many advantages of being a member of CRASIF is our risk control resources.  Our best resource is our two Risk Consultants, Allen Roden and Melanie Green.  They travel around the state providing safety training tailored specifically for road commissions.  Steve Lucas, Managing Director of Cass CRC, recently sent us this note:

      “Hi Jim

      I wanted to pass on some positive encouragement to Al Roden and Melanie Greene. Al has been to the Cass County Road Commission several times providing training and inspections since the partnership with CRASIF. We were introduced to Melanie last fall when she provided training to our staff. Both Al and Melanie have great personalities that allow them to deliver their message and keep the trainees attention. As we all know not all subject matter can peak everyone’s interest but they find a way to accomplish it. Al is a wealth of knowledge in the subject matter and through the delivery his passion for safety shows loud and clear. Although Melanie has only visited us once her passion was evident throughout the entire training. I have never received any complaints from employees about the training provided by either of them and in fact have received positive comments. Please let them know that the Cass County Road Commission employee’s greatly appreciate both of them. Knowledge is powerful and through their teaching our employees work in a much safer environment.”

      Need more training or safety audits?  Contact Al at aroden@mackadmin.com or Melanie at mgreene@mackadmin.com.  Get Risk Control!  See those workers’ compensation claims go down.