Established in 1978, the County Road Association Self Insurance Fund, CRASIF, is a group of 70 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.Machine guards must always be in place and functional.Always assume an electric wire or device is energized.Never carry power tools around by their power cords.Ensure windows and mirrors are clean before operating vehicles.Do not wear gloves with cuffs when working with a wood chipper.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.Keep exit doors clearly marked, unobstructed, and closed when not in use.Report any worn out or defaced original manufactures warning decals on equipment.The "hidden" costs of an injury can be from two to nine times higher than direct costs.Safety is as simple as ABC...Always Be Careful.A certification tag MUST be affixed to all Lifting Slings. NO TAG, NO LIFT.They're the only pair of eyes you have, take good care of them.Adjust all mirrors before operating your vehicle.While on a ladder, never step back to admire your work.Don't use compressed air to clean dust off your clothes or skin.Buckle up, slow down, and stay alert behind the wheel; drive safely - don't become a statistic.There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing (Norwegian proverb).Know where the fire emergency exits are before an emergency strikes.Use proper ladders or portable scaffolds when climbing onto equipment.A clean workplace / jobsite can reduce the risk of injuries.Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches.To avoid headaches keep front plows up 2 Shortcuts cut life short.Always establish an escape route before cutting down a tree.In blowing snow and whiteout conditions slower may be safer.Never tape, wire, or otherwise disable a safety switch or lockout.STOP, LOOK, LISTEN at Railroad Crossings.Wear eye protection when working near hydraulics.Cold temperatures + wind + wetness = cold stress Dress properly for the cold weather; cold can negatively impact your ability to work.If you don't think it will happen to you, find the person who had it happen to them.Actions speak louder than words; set a good safety example for co-workers.If you don't think it will happen to you, find the person who had it happen to them.It's better to lose one minute in life than to lose life in a minute.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.Hard hats, they're not just for decoration.REMEMBER: Accidents don't just happen, they are causedRemember: Safety is a 24 hour-a-day responsibility. Safety doesn't start and end at the time clock.Take the time to pass your hard-earned safety knowledge on to newer employees.Shut down power and stop all motion before clear jams on salt spreaders.In cold weather, drink plenty of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages, preferably hot beveragesIn cold weather, keep clothing clean, avoid overheating, wear clothing in layers, and keep clothing dry.Use a brush, broom or vacuum to clean up your work area, not compressed air.Just because you always did it that way, doesn't make it right.Raise plows & underbody at Railroad Crossings.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.Perform a Pre-Trip Inspection on all vehicles before operating.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.Disconnect the power to tools when not using them or when servicing them.Early signs of cold weather hypothermia are, shivering, bluish lips and fingers, and reduced coordination.Chance-takers are accident-makers.Never climb into a V-Box spreader with the flight chain or components running.Ensure that all hydraulic pressure has been released before removing hydraulic lines.Safety glasses: All in favor say "Eye!"When releasing compressed air from a valve, release the air slowly.When releasing compressed air from a valve, release the air slowly.Stay alert by getting plenty of rest.Failure to wear the proper personal protective equipment or not reminding a co-worker to wear theirs, can result in an accident.Never turn your back on moving equipment.Use 3-point contact when climbing ladders or equipment access steps.Go MSU Spartans!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.Take damaged tools out of service immediately and either tag them and turn them in for service, or properly dispose of them.Accidents hurt - safety doesn't.Report injuries promptly to your supervisor.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 properly hydrated; drink plenty of water when working hard in the heat and the cold.Lock Out / Tag Out equipment when servicing to prevent accidental start-up.REMEMBER: Accidents don't just happen, they are caused.Hypothermia is dangerous, it can negatively affect your reasoning and reflexes before you even realize it. 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). Safety is a full-time job, don't make it a part-time practice.Shortcuts cut life short.Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches.Don't leave tools lying around; they become tripping hazards and could be taken and used by unauthorized and untrained personnel.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.Inspect ladders before each use; immediately take damaged ladders out of service, tag them to warn others, and properly dispose of them.Inspect hand and power tools before each use.Wear safety goggles when performing dusty work or when chemical splatters are likely to occur.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.It's easier to ask a dumb question than it is to fix a dumb mistake.Safety is something you learn from the start - being accident free is doing your part.Dress in layers when working in the cold; wear polypropylene materials next to your skin to wick away moisture.Always position yourself up hill when cutting down or bucking a tree.Do not block access to the emergency eyewash.When you gamble with safety you bet your life.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.Always inspect a hand or power tool before using it.Wear you hardhat when traffic regulating.Keep extension cords and air hoses out of the traffic aisles.Falling objects can be brutal if you don't protect your noodle.Don't text and drive.Keep stairways, hallways, aisles and fire exits clean and clear.In cold weather, remember that extra clothing inhibits movement.

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

  • Tom Doty Chair
    Ken Hulka Vice Chair
    John Hunt Trustee
    Jesse Campbell Trustee
    Michael Scott Trustee
    Beth Hunt Trustee
    Darrell Cass Trustee
    Deb Kestner Trustee
    Lisa Kleeman Trustee
  • Staff

  • James “Jim” deSpelder – Administrator
    Doris Baakko – Controller
  • latest news on COVID-19

    As of 11/27/21

    Current MIOSHA Requirements (June 22, 2021)

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    latest news from crasif:

    • Congratulations to the New Trustees! - October 14, 2021

      The membership elected the following persons to the Board of Trustees at the 2021 Annual Membership Meeting held on September 15, 2021:

      • Darrell Cass, Menominee,  3 year term
      • Lisa Kleeman, Emmet,  3 year term
      • Jesse Campbell, Alcona, 3 year term
      • Ken Hulka, Muskegon, 2 year term
      • Deb Kestner, Saginaw, 1 year term
      • Michael Scott, Montcalm, 1 year term

    • 2021 Safety Grant Recipients - October 14, 2021

      Congratulations to the following members which received Safety Grants at the 2021 Annual Membership Meeting:   Sanilac – $500, Chippewa – $750, and Baraga $1,000.

    • Need COVID Posters? - August 24, 2021

      Here are some links to help you obtain COVID Posters:,9753,7-406-98178_98281—,00.html


    • Registration for our 43rd Annual Membership Meeting is Now Available!! - August 6, 2021

      CRASIF will be having an in-person Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday September 15th, 2021 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City starting at 8:00 am.  Member road commissions can register by going to the following link:

      More information on the program is available when you register.

      The CRASIF Annual Membership Meeting is a separate and independent event from the Northern Michigan Association of Road Commission Conference. A separate registration is needed. 

      Hope to see you there!!