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:

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

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:

    • 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!!

    • 2020 CRASIF Stewardship Report Now Available - September 12, 2020

      The 2020 CRASIF Stewardship Report is now available in the member portal under shared resources.  The Report contains the Annual Membership Meeting reports and the Honor Roll Recipients.  A hard copy was mailed to every member.  If you need another hard-copy, please contact Janet Wise at the office or by emailing her at