Established in 1978, the County Road Association Self Insurance Fund, CRASIF, is a group of 72 county road commissions who have joined together to provide workers compensation insurance for over 3,500 employees.


CRASIF Safety Tips:

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


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
    Joyce Randall Trustee
    John Hunt Trustee
    Mike Larrabee Trustee
    Robert Ottenoff Trustee
    Dale Linton Trustee
    Jerry Smigelski Trustee
  • Staff

  • James “Jim” deSpelder – Administrator
    Doris Baakko – Controller
  • Board Meeting Schedule*

  • Date Location
    May 15, 2017 Board Meeting, Boyne Highlands, Pleasantview MI, Time TBD
    July or August Board Meeting, Time and Location TBD
    Sept 13, 2017 Annual Membership Meeting, Boyne Mountain Resort, Time TBD
    Oct 12-13, 2017 Strategic Planning Workshop, Tree Tops Resort, 12 noon
    December 2017 Board Meeting, Mount Pleasant, TBD
    View full calendar.
    *As of 04/13/2017
  • 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:

    • 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.


    • Got Risk Control? - February 28, 2017

      Got Risk Control??  One of the many advantages of being a member of CRASIF is our risk control resources.  Our best resource is our two Risk Consultants, Allen Roden and Melanie Green.  They travel around the state providing safety training tailored specifically for road commissions.  Steve Lucas, Managing Director of Cass CRC, recently sent us this note:

      “Hi Jim

      I wanted to pass on some positive encouragement to Al Roden and Melanie Greene. Al has been to the Cass County Road Commission several times providing training and inspections since the partnership with CRASIF. We were introduced to Melanie last fall when she provided training to our staff. Both Al and Melanie have great personalities that allow them to deliver their message and keep the trainees attention. As we all know not all subject matter can peak everyone’s interest but they find a way to accomplish it. Al is a wealth of knowledge in the subject matter and through the delivery his passion for safety shows loud and clear. Although Melanie has only visited us once her passion was evident throughout the entire training. I have never received any complaints from employees about the training provided by either of them and in fact have received positive comments. Please let them know that the Cass County Road Commission employee’s greatly appreciate both of them. Knowledge is powerful and through their teaching our employees work in a much safer environment.”

      Need more training or safety audits?  Contact Al at aroden@mackadmin.com or Melanie at mgreene@mackadmin.com.  Get Risk Control!  See those workers’ compensation claims go down.


    • Goose Egg Award goes to Mecosta CRC - February 21, 2017

      CRASIF is excited to announce that another member has received the Goose Egg Award.  The Goose Egg Award is given to Fund members which had “0” workers’ compensation losses in the past 12 month coverage year.  Congratulations to Mecosta for their safety diligence!

      Receiving the Award on behalf of the road commission are, from left to right: Board Chair Van Johnson, Managing Director Joyce Randall, and Superintendent Tim Nestle.


    • Alpena CRC Receives the Goose Egg Award - February 8, 2017

      Alpena County Road Commission was awarded the “Goose Egg” award at the most recent Straits Area Council Meeting.  The Award recognizes the safety efforts of the Fund member that resulted in no workers’ compensation claims from July 1 2015 to June 30 2016.  Congratulations to all at the road commission.  Keep the streak alive!

      Receiving the award for the road commission are, from left to right, Commissioner Spaulding, Managing Director Larry Orcutt, Commissioner Sterns, Finance Director Julie Patterson, and Commissioner Heise.


    • Luce CRC Wins Award - February 8, 2017

      Luce CRC won a Goose-Egg Award for the 2015-16 coverage year.  The Award is given to Fund members that had “0” workers’ compensation claims for a 12 month period.  Congratulations to the workers and commissioners in Luce.  Keep up the good work!

      Receiving the award for the road commission is Engineer-Manager Stanley Ronquist PE.