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:

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

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
    Vacant Trustee
    Michael Scott Trustee
    Jerry Smigelski Trustee
  • Staff

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

    • COVID-19 Prevention Resources - January 8, 2021

      A “COVID Resources” button has been added to our home page.  It contains helpful links for staying in touch with the latest information on COVID-19 prevention and response in the workplace.

    • Employee Safety Theme for 2020-21 - November 5, 2020

      The new Safety Theme is “Safety Success is No Accident.”  We want to raise awareness that the workplace safety of our employees is a manageable outcome.  As a Fund, we had the lowest number of claims since our inception in 1978 this is past year.   We also have twice as many members than when we started.  Congratulations to all and let’s keep reducing the frequency and severity of claims!

    • Winners of our 2020 Safety Grants! - October 12, 2020

      The winners of this year’s Safety Grants are:  Alcona, Allegan, Baraga, Grand Traverse, Huron, Missaukee, Montcalm, Osceola, Oscoda, Saginaw, St. Joseph, Wexford.

      The winners were chosen randomly from a list of 33 attendees to our virtual Annual Membership Meeting on September 16, 2020.  Each winner will receive a $500 grant for safety related expenses and training.  Congratulations to all!

    • Board of Trustee Election Results - September 21, 2020

      The 2020 Board of Trustee election results were announced at the 42nd Annual Membership Meeting on September 16, 2020.  Doug Robidoix, Commissioner from Mason, was elected to serve a 3-year term from among the northern region.  Tom Doty, Commissioner from Mackinac, was elected to serve a 3-year term from the upper peninsula region.  Beth Hunt, Finance Director from Lenawee, was elected to serve a 3-year at-large term.  Jesse Campbell, Manager from Alcona, was elected to fill the 1-year at-large term.

      At the following Board Organizational Meeting, the Board also re-elected Mary Sholander from Marquette and Tom Doty from Mackinac, as Board Chair and Vice Chair respectively.  Congratulations to all!!