Homeowner killed by limb cut by tree workers

A homeowner was struck and killed by a limb on February 20, 2022, in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, while a crew was doing tree work outside his home.

Monias Hannah, 44, of Milwaukee, had recently bought the home and didn’t live there yet, but wanted to have some tree work done. Hannah hired two men to remove a few trees and was present while the company was working.

At one point, Hannah walked out of the home and into the driveway to begin filming the crew when a cut branch, 10 to 12 inches in diameter, fell about 20 feet, striking him on the head on its way to the ground.

First responders found Hanna unresponsive and not breathing and began resuscitative efforts, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a WISN-TV 12 report.

This incident was first reported to TCI Magazine by Anna Birnschein, business manager, sales arborist, with Colonial Tree Service, LLC, a 10-year TCIA member company based in Waukesha, Wis. Colonial Tree was not connected to the incident.

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