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:

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


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
    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:

    • 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!


    • 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!