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:

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


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.
  • 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
  • Board Meeting Schedule*

  • Date Location
    Oct 24-26, 2018 Board of Trustees Strategic Planning Workshop
    Dec 3, 2018 Board Meeting, Comfort Inn and Suites, Mount Pleasant, Time – TBD
    March 11, 2019 Board Meeting
    May 14, 2019 Board Meeting
    View full calendar.
    *As of 9/18/2018
  • 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

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

  • latest news from crasif:

    • CRASIF Annual Membership Meeting Registration - August 12, 2018

      CRASIF’s 40th Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday September 12 at the FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek Michigan.   Registration is only available on-line this year.  Please register by clicking on the following link:   http://micountyroads.memberzone.com/events/details/crasif-40th-annual-membership-meeting-152.  The deadline for registering is EOB Friday September 7.  We look forward to seeing you there!


    • Janet Wise Joins CRASIF Staff - July 26, 2018

      CRASIF is excited to announce that we have hired Janet Wise as our new Administrative Assistant!  Her name may be familiar to many of our members.  Janet worked for MCRCSIP for 12 years and left around 4 years ago.  She will be splitting her time between CRASIF and the County Road Association.  The position is a collaborative joint position between the Fund and the Association.  Janet brings a strong administrative skill set to both our organizations and excels in customer service.  Welcome (back) Janet!


    • Call for Board of Trustee Candidates - June 27, 2018

      The membership will be voting for three trustee positions this summer.  This year CRASIF will have two (2) three-year at-large positions and one (1) three-year Southern region position to fill.  Please send a letter indicating your interest and qualifications along with a picture on road commission letterhead to the attention of CRASIF Controller Doris Baakko.  The letter can be sent to CRASIF’s mailing address or electronically to DBaakko@crasif.org.  The deadline is Friday July 6th, 2018.  Trustee Ken Hulka from Muskegon, will be running again.  Trustee Dale Linton from Montcalm, and Trustee Mike Larrabee from Delta, will not be running for re-election.


    • 2018-19 1st Quarter Premium Invoices Available On-line - May 23, 2018

      The 2018-19 Coverage Year’s 1Q invoices are now available in your invoice folder through the member portal.  They are due June 10.  Please contact Lisa Heads at lheads@mackadmin.com if you are unable to retrieve it.


    • 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.