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:

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


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:

    • 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


    • 4th Quarter Premium Deposit Invoices Now Available! - February 12, 2019

      The 2018-19 4th quarter premium deposit invoices are now available in your Premium Invoices folder through the member’s portal. Deadline for payment is March 10, 2019.


    • New Chair and Vice Chair for 2018-19 - December 2, 2018

      Mary Sholander, Director of Finance and Administration at the Marquette County Road Commission, was elected by the Board of Trustees to be the new Chair. Tom Doty, Road Commissioner at the Mackinac County Road Commission, was elected to serve as Vice Chair. Mary was the former Vice Chair and succeeds Doug Robidoux, Road Commissioner from Mason County who did an outstanding job of representing and leading the board for the past two years. Congratulations to Mary and Tom, and, a big thank you to Doug!