A device for lifting and transporting sheet material has a base portion, wheels on which the base portion is supported, a mast that extends upwardly from the base portion, a supporting head that is configured to support sheet material, a carriage to which the supporting head is mounted, and a lifting mechanism to support the carriage in the longitudinal direction of the mast. The lifting mechanism includes a winch, and a cable that is connected to the winch, passes over a first pulley located at or near the upper end of the mast and under a second pulley that is mounted on the carriage. An end of the cable is secured or securable at or adjacent an upper end of the mast. The winch and the first and second pulleys are all positioned on one side of the mast. The carriage is displaceable along the mast by operation of the winch.