Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has been fined A$3m for failing to protect one of its workers who was shot five times. Craig Douglas Pareezer, 39, sued the company for negligence after he was shot in the head, chest, stomach, leg and hand as he restocked a vending machine at Werrington TAFE in February 1997.

In 1995, Pareezer was attacked by a robber at the same TAFE. He only returned to work after CCA promised that he would not have to go back to Werrington. He reluctantly returned there in 1997, however, when another worker was injured.

Justice Robert Hulme today (23 December) ordered CCA to pay Pareezer A$2.9m, and also awarded A$58,926 to his wife, Sue, and A$39,282 to his son, Scott, who witnessed the attack.

In September, Justice Hulme ruled that the company was liable for Pareezer's injuries, saying it failed to adequately protect him when it knew vending machine collectors were a target for robbers.

"There can be no doubt that an assault on, and injury to, the vending machine fillers was, at all relevant times, reasonably foreseeable," he said at the time.

CCA is appealing both its liability and the amount of compensation it has been ordered to pay, but as a condition of appeal the company must pay the Pareezer family A$260,000.