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:

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


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:

    • 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.


    • 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.