A worker has been injured after a pallet of plasterboard weighing up to 500kg fell on him in West Auckland this afternoon.

A police spokeswoman said they were told about 1.30pm the man was trapped under the plasterboard at Elephant Plasterboard New Zealand's distribution centre in the suburb of Glendene.

She understood the man suffered serious injuries, but St John Ambulance tweeted that he had moderate injuries and was taken to North Shore Hospital.

A Waitemata District Health Board spokeswoman was not able to find any information on the man's condition tonight.

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It is understood the man was pinned against the side of a shipping container by the pallet, which was being moved by a forklift.

Worksafe has been notified of the incident, the police spokeswoman said.