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:

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

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

    1. Commitment – trust, reliability, relatable to road commissions, informative, education, protect our employees
    2. Quality Services – value, efficient, excellence, timely
    3. Professional – integrity, transparent, accountable, compassionate, current

    Adopted December 2015

  • 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:

    • Congratulations to Barry, Schoolcraft and Osceola Road Commissions - October 22, 2018

      Congratulations to Barry, Schoolcraft and the Osceola CRC’s for winning a Risk Control Grant Award at the CRASIF Annual Membership Meeting held in Battle Creek on September 12.  Barry received a $500 award.  Schoolcraft received a $750 award and Osceola received a $1000 award.  The Risk Control Grant Award provides funds to be used for safety and risk control projects in the next 12 months.

    • 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:  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  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.