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:

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

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 01/21/22

    Current MIOSHA Requirements (June 22, 2021)

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    latest news from crasif:

    • Injury and Illness Reporting Reminder - January 13, 2022

      MIOSHA requires employers to post the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2021.   Employers should use the MIOSHA Form 300A from Feb 1 to April 30, 2022.  This requirement applies to most employers with 11 or more employees. 

      To get the form, click below:

    • 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