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:

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.Hard hats, they're not just for decoration.Accidents hurt - safety doesn't.You need time to acclimate to hot, humid weather before doing sustained, hard work.A certification tag MUST be affixed to all Lifting Slings. NO TAG, NO LIFT.Always inspect a hand or power tool before using it.The farthest warning sign from the worksite should be placed first.Eat smaller, lighter meals, more often in hot, humid weather; avoid eating heavy foods in large amounts.Safety is something you learn from the start - being accident free is doing your part.Use an ivy block product before exposure to poison ivy.In hot, humid weather, beware the effects of age, medications, fatigue, and overall physical condition.In windy conditions ensure your work zone warning signs remain erect.Actions speak louder than words; set a good safety example for co-workers.Just because you always did it that way, doesn't make it right.Stay properly hydrated; drink plenty of water when working hard in the heat and the cold.While on a ladder, never step back to admire your work.Seatbelts are required to be worn on all mobile equipment with ROPS.When Flagging traffic always position your station where you have an escape route.Wear eye protection when working near hydraulics.Know where the fire emergency exits are before an emergency strikes.On overnight excavations inspect trench walls before human occupancy.Inspect hand and power tools before each use.Take the time to pass your hard-earned safety knowledge on to newer employees.If you can't see the equipment operator, they can't see you.Chance-takers are accident-makers.Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches.Don't use compressed air to clean dust off your clothes or skin.Do not wear gloves with cuffs when working with a wood chipper.Eat smaller, lighter meals, more often in hot, humid weather; avoid eating heavy foods in large amounts.Adjust all mirrors before operating your vehicle.Vertical alignment is crucial when using arrow panels.Wear safety goggles when performing dusty work or when chemical splatters are likely to occur.Avoid working with your back to oncoming traffic.Keep exit doors clearly marked, unobstructed, and closed when not in use.When Flagging traffic ensure your station is visible to approaching traffic from 500 feet.Perform a Pre-Trip Inspection on all vehicles before operating.Keep extension cords and air hoses out of the traffic aisles.Statistics show that most industrial incidents are the result of unsafe acts by employees.Take damaged tools out of service immediately and either tag them and turn them in for service, or properly dispose of them.Never tape, wire, or otherwise disable a safety switch or lockout.When Flagging traffic ensure that your sign paddle is clean and legible.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). Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches.Adjust your work pace in hot, humid weather; slow down, drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks in a cool place. Plan excavations to eliminate or minimize human occupancy in the trench.Read and understand the MSDS information on the hazardous chemicals you use before using them.When releasing compressed air from a valve, release the air slowly.Always position yourself up hill when cutting down or bucking a tree.REMEMBER: Accidents don't just happen, they are caused.When you gamble with safety you bet your life.Chainsaw P.P.E. includes, hardhat, gloves, sturdy boots, eye protection, hearing protection, and chaps.Shut off key and work the hydraulic controls repeatedly to ensure hydraulic pressure is released.In hot, humid weather, beware the effects of age, medications, fatigue, and overall physical condition.Keep stairways, hallways, aisles and fire exits clean and clear.Safety glasses: All in favor say "Eye!"Disconnect the power to tools when not using them or when servicing them.Adjust your work pace in hot, humid weather; slow down, drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks in a cool place. They're the only pair of eyes you have, take good care of them.Hard hat, safety glasses and a class II vest are proper PPE for flaggers.Inspect ladders before each use; immediately take damaged ladders out of service, tag them to warn others, and properly dispose of them.A clean workplace / jobsite can reduce the risk of injuries.Place trench spoils a minimum of 2 feet back from the excavation edge.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 assume an electric wire or device is energized.Remember: Safety is a 24 hour-a-day responsibility. Safety doesn't start and end at the time clock.Always establish an escape route before cutting down a tree.Position work vehicles completely off the road when practical.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.Bar / Caution Mode shall be used on Flagging and shoulder operations.Ensure windows and mirrors are clean before operating vehicles.Wear light-colored, cotton clothing when working in hot, humid weather.Never carry power tools around by their power cords.Safety is a full-time job, don't make it a part-time practice.When Flagging traffic station yourself 10 feet from the taper, arrow panel or vehicle.Don't leave tools lying around; they become tripping hazards and could be taken and used by unauthorized and untrained personnel.Avoid sugary and/or caffeinated drinks on hot, humid days; drink plenty of water.Working in hot, humid weather impairs function, and can threaten your health and safety.Use sun block / sun screen rated at least SPF-30 on skin exposed to sunlight; reapply often.In hot weather, when drinking caffeinated beverages you should also drink at least an equal amount of water.Commercially available Sports drinks, like Gator-Aid or Power-Aid are very good water substitutes, especially in hot, humid weather.The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense.It's better to lose one minute in life than to lose life in a minute.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.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.Don't text and drive.Report any worn out or defaced original manufactures warning decals on equipment.When Flagging traffic never stand in the lane of approaching traffic.Shortcuts cut life short.Do not block access to the emergency eyewash.Machine guards must always be in place and functional.Working in hot, humid weather impairs function, and can threaten your health and safety.Locate high pressure fluid leaks with a piece of cardboard NOT your hand.Heat and humidity combine to stress and sometimes overwhelm your body's ability to cool itself.You need time to acclimate to hot, humid weather before doing sustained, hard work.Use a brush, broom or vacuum to clean up your work area, not compressed air.Make sure the power tool is disconnected before changing the blade, bit, etc., or conducting a safety inspection.Never use an arrow panel in the Arrow Mode on a two-lane two-way roadway.Report injuries promptly to your supervisor.Use sun block / sun screen rated at least SPF-30 on skin exposed to sunlight; reapply often.If you don't think it will happen to you, find the person who had it happen to them.Wear you hardhat when traffic regulating.Before removing the fill cap on a pressurized tank verify that the pressure has been released.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.Go MSU Spartans!When releasing compressed air from a valve, release the air slowly.Shortcuts cut life short.Keep eyes and ears open to oncoming traffic while on work crews.Ensure that all hydraulic pressure has been released before removing hydraulic lines.Keep cutting tools sharp; a sharp tool is a safer tool.Use 3-point contact when climbing ladders or equipment access steps.Buckle up, slow down, and stay alert behind the wheel; drive safely - don't become a statistic.Falling objects can be brutal if you don't protect your noodle.Never turn your back on moving equipment.REMEMBER: Accidents don't just happen, they are causedThe "hidden" costs of an injury can be from two to nine times higher than direct costs.Failure to wear the proper personal protective equipment or not reminding a co-worker to wear theirs, can result in an accident.Place traffic control devices while facing oncoming traffic.Heat and humidity combine to stress and sometimes overwhelm your body's ability to cool itself.Workers on the ground remain visible and avoid blind spots at worksites.


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.
  • CRASIF Core Values

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  • 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
  • latest news from crasif:

    • A Call for Board of Trustee Candidates - June 3, 2019

      Chair Mary Sholander announced today that the Board is beginning it’s annual process of filling three seats on the board.  A letter is being sent out to all road commissions and their commissioners detailing the duty and responsibilities of being a trustee, and, the steps for seeking election. 


    • 2019-20 1st Quarter Premium Deposit Invoices Now Available! - June 3, 2019

      Members can find their 1st quarter premium deposit invoices in their Premium Invoices folder accessed through the member portal.  Please send the payment to the lock-box by JUNE 21, 2019.


    • Board Approves $2 Million Dividend - April 4, 2019

      The Board of Trustees approved at its March 12th meeting a $2 million dollar dividend to be distributed to members. This will be the largest dividend given in the last 5 years. Total dividends distributed since the inception of the Fund will now total $85 million dollars. The dividend distribution needs to be approved by the State of Michigan Workers’ Compensation Agency.


    • CRASIF Offers a Workers’ Comp Specialist Course - March 1, 2019

      CRASIF has developed a course for empowering local road commission staff to efficiently manage workers’ compensation injuries both proactively and reactively that saves money, ensures good medical care for the injured employee, and provides timely wage loss benefits. All staff touching the workers comp process will find this course helpful. It will take place on May 6th, 2019 at Crystal Mountain beginning at 8 am. Open to only CRASIF members, there is no charge. For more information, or, to register go to the following link: https://info.micountyroads.org/events/details/certified-workers-compensation-specialist-program-211