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:

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


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
    Beth Hunt Trustee
    Doug Robidoux Trustee
    Michael Scott Trustee
    Jerry Smigelski Trustee
  • Staff

  • James “Jim” deSpelder – Administrator
    Doris Baakko – Controller
  • latest news from crasif:

    • First Quarter Premium Deposit Invoices Now Available! - June 1, 2020

      Hard to believe that we are almost half way through the 2020 calendar year!  The premium deposit invoices for the first quarter of the upcoming 2020-21 coverage year are now available on-line through the member portal.  The deadline for the payment is June 10. 


    • Board of Trustees Approves a $2.5 Million Dollar Dividend Distribution - May 5, 2020

      The Board of Trustees approved issuing a dividend distribution of $2.5 million dollars at it’s March 10 board meeting.  The $2.5 million will be equally split between a refund and a premium credit against the 2020-21 premium deposits.  This is our 25th straight year we have issued a dividend return!  Refund checks will be mailed out to eligible members later in May 2020.


    • State of Michigan Resources for Addressing the Coronavirus - March 20, 2020

      The State of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services has produced two excellent documents to help individuals, businesses and organizations respond to the coronavirus pandemic.  One document addresses frequently asked questions and can be downloaded at  https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178—,00.html.  The other document provides community mitigation strategies and can be accessed by going to https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coronavirus/MDHHS_Interim_Recommendations_for_COVID-19_final_683589_7.pdf

       


    • 4th Quarter Premium Deposit Invoices Are Now Available! - February 15, 2020

      The 4th quarter premium invoices are now available for download through the member portal and in each member’s folder. The deadline for paying the premium deposit is March 10, 2020.